Yasumasa Shigenaga, Ph.D.

Associate professor of Japanese language and linguistics

Email:[email protected]

Department: Comparative Languages and Linguistics
Japanese Language and Linguistics
Japanese Studies
Languages and Cultures

Location: Carpenter 233
801 National Road
Richmond, Indiana 47374

About me

I study psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. My current research examines processing of certain sentence types by learners of Japanese, for the purpose of understanding in what ways sentence processing by second language learners may be different from that by native speakers, and what factors (e.g., general proficiency in the target language, learners’ first language) may influence their sentence comprehension and production.


  • Ph.D., University of Arizona
  • M.A., University of Arizona
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.A., Keio University

Professional memberships

Scholarly interest

My research interests are in the areas of psycholinguistics and second language acquisition. I am particularly interested in understanding how metalinguistic awareness (i.e., knowledge about language) that has been established through the learning and use of one’s first language might influence her/his acquisition and processing of a second language.

Published works

Shigenaga, Y. (2016). Friendship through interaction and interaction through friendship: Manifestations of positive politeness and footing changes in the interaction of two friends playing chess. Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 7(5), 45-58.

Shigenaga, Y. (2014). Canonical word order of Japanese ditransitive sentences: A preliminary investigation through a grammaticality judgment survey. Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 5(2), 35-45.

Shigenaga, Y. (2012). Processing of scrambled sentences by learners of Japanese as a second language. Arizona Working Papers in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching, 19, 79-103.